What advice does everybody have for learning Mandarin?
I know we have online classes at our disposal but due to time differences the classes are in the middle of the night. My current work schedule does not allow for me to attend regular classes or have a set time with a tutor each week so it looks like I'm doing this on my own.
I am familiar with apps like Duolingo which definitely do help with building your vocabulary but aren't so helpful when it comes to grammar and useful phrases. I'd like to be able to survive in China not tell people "I am a girl, he is a boy". I've started looking at workbooks but there are just SO MANY!!! I have no idea which ones are good or bad. Maybe some of you have a particular book that you really enjoyed and found super helpful.
I guess the question I'm really here to ask is how have you guys been learning Mandarin? What have been your biggest challenges and what are your best insider tips?